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mt5937 11-06-2011 11:16 PM

9+ years full time - returning to the road
 
Hi all...

I spent 9+ years full time in a BlueBird WanderLodge. It was a magnificent experience. Because of my prognosis, I'm returning to the road with my wife. ...a guy's gotta make the best of the time he's got.

Hoping to find a deal on:
  • an Airstream
  • a Bigfoot
  • an Arctic Fox
  • an Escape
  • a Casita 17
I'm hoping to find a quality rig after watching countless RV & Travel Trailers crumble under the least amount of use and stress.

So far it looks like deals are pretty hard to come by... :hmm

Donna D. 11-07-2011 05:40 AM

Hi Steve, welcome to FiberglassRV. :yep Lots of folks have put their trailers to bed for winter. Sales typically heat up in the Fall and again in the Spring, mid-Summer and Winter... not so much.

Since you've got quite a list of brands you're willing to look at, keep an eye on: Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

mt5937 11-07-2011 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Donna D. (Post 275999)
Sales typically heat up in the Fall and again in the Spring, mid-Summer and Winter... not so much.

Since you've got quite a list of brands you're willing to look at, keep an eye on: Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

Thanks for the lead, Donna, I'll look there.

I am clearly going to need to ask my friends around the country to take first looks at these trailers for me because the cost of flying place to place would kill me.

Heck, driving to central Florida and back from NW MT is a 2 week proposition...without might time for sightseeing. Of course, I've seen all but a few states, however the wife and daughter haven't seen much of America except for airports :loltu

Orlen Wolf 11-07-2011 05:05 PM

Steve

Let me suggest adding an EggCamper to your search list. If it is just two of you it would be a good choice. In the last month two EggCampers have come up for sale on this forum, both in outstanding condition.

Of course I might be just a little bit biased. :hmm

73
Orlen

Mike Magee 11-07-2011 07:13 PM

Welcome, Steve. I realize that funds can be a limiting factor for most of us, but if you are able I would say just forget about waiting for the right "deal" and buy a new one, so you can start enjoying right away.

mt5937 11-08-2011 12:56 AM

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Originally Posted by Mike Magee (Post 276073)
Welcome, Steve. I realize that funds can be a limiting factor for most of us, but if you are able I would say just forget about waiting for the right "deal" and buy a new one, so you can start enjoying right away.

That was my modus operani. Unfortunately, 2 months in the hospital, 3 surgeries, 4 months of heavy IV drugs, and physical therapy put a crimp in my usual style :eek:.

I want back on the road ASAP but $10k for a 15 year old TT that cost $12k when new doesn't strike me as a deal.

...but then I'm a bull head who needs to bash his head against the wall so that I feel better when I quit ;)

Adrian W 11-08-2011 11:34 AM

Hola! from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Welcome to the Forum.

Might look at the Fun Finder TTs, such as: a X-160 or the X-160 WB. Or even better, X-189FBR. I have never actually checked these out, but from reports of them from folks who have one have been good. Price wise, they might be less expensive than the molded fiberglass ones. Seem to be tough little rigs with larger beds & several layouts & lengths. I would think more of them would have been made, therefore maybe not a hard to find. After all, there are More Small Trailers out there. If you can find one at a price you can live with and you like the layout......go for it. If doing it all over again, I'd consider going with a Fun Finder or one of the others. At my age, I really do not need a trailer which can last me 30 years or so. Ha!

Good luck with your Quest.

DesertHawk Somewhere in Eastern MT in 2009 at a Rest Area off I-94
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachme...e62ef690df.jpg
2005 16' Scamp Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailer
Side Dinette, Front Shower & Head
2009 White Ford F-150 Reg. Cab
Long Bed with A.R.E. Molded Fiberglass Topper

mt5937 11-08-2011 03:29 PM

Thanks Deserthawk, but if it's not an egg-type TT, it's not on my list. ...exception, Airstream...but money makes that just a dream.

Adrian W 11-08-2011 06:21 PM

Yes, if you could come up with an Airstream Bambi, that would be smokin'. I really liked the one I looked at in 2005.....after I'd already order the Scamp at a fraction of the price of the Bambi.

A new make, "Lil' Snoozy"; seems to all electric, but a very nice design, good sized bed. Depending on were you "camp", this would be a really nice trailer if you primary or only stay at campgrounds/RV parks with hookups. I have read reports about them; a very roomy small trailer. Never actually seen one. But not many out there, used, I'd think.

The Canadian Escape, seems like a really neat fiberglass make & should have some used ones out and about.

Someone mentioned the all electric Egg Camper, they seem very roomy.....could be some of those to found used as well.

Mike Magee 11-08-2011 06:55 PM

Egg resale values have been truly amazing lately... at least for those on the selling end. That's why I bought one of those cheap disposable trailers :loltu ... mine was under $10,000 brand new.

mt5937 11-09-2011 10:49 PM

All electric is out for me; we plan to camp in the free Montana campgrounds in the state and national forests. When we start traveling the country, my intention is to boondoggle as much as possible. :)

Cherie Ve Ard 11-20-2011 08:38 AM

Best wishes in finding a trailer to your liking at a price that you can afford! The fiberglass market does seem to be holding their value (and when we sold our 17' Oliver, we actually made money on it).

Welcome back to the road. We've done just about opposite of you - we full timed in our Oliver for 3 years (and a year before in a 16' Tab), and just recently - we're in a bus conversion :) By the way.. the bus conversion market has just about tanked, and you can easily find a good bus for under $10k.


- Cherie

rgrugg 11-20-2011 11:39 AM

The Egg Camper is available either all electric or with propane. Off the grid is not an issue with a generator. Ours is all electric and we have a Honda 2000.

mt5937 11-20-2011 11:51 AM

The wife is leaning heavily toward a 5th wheel; I'm trying to figure out how to afford the fuel for a bus. I need to reserve judgement on the Escape and Bigfoots that are said to be in good condition, but I don't know if I can settle for less than BlueBird construction quality. I we'll be traveling to see a few rigs the weekend after Thanksgiving.

Alf S. 11-20-2011 12:45 PM

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Hi: mt5937...Here's a peek at the Miss. Sept. pinup from the 2012 Escape calendar. Ain't she cute!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie :wave

Childs in Texas 11-20-2011 06:23 PM

MT5937,
I noticed this on the Casita Club site that one of the members had posted in response to another newbie's request. This Casita is in Utah. Hope this might help in your search. https://www.ksl.com/i...=&search=casita

DavidSo 11-22-2011 10:59 AM

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Originally Posted by mt5937 (Post 276412)
All electric is out for me; we plan to camp in the free Montana campgrounds in the state and national forests. When we start traveling the country, my intention is to boondoggle as much as possible. :)

Boondoggling :confused: I've never done that but it sounds like a waste of time and effort ;). I've been Boulderdashing and Haversacking. I've even been Jabberwalking a couple of times, but my favorite is Boondocking :D

Welcome to the forum :)

David

mt5937 11-22-2011 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by DavidSo (Post 277831)
Boondoggling :confused: I've never done that but it sounds like a waste of time and effort ;). I've been Boulderdashing and Haversacking. I've even been Jabberwalking a couple of times, but my favorite is Boondocking :D

The word is "boondocking?"

Times and vocabulary change over time. We always called it "boondoggling" which actually has a dictionary definition. The definition fairly fits what we do while practicing the craft: "work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy." Of course, most people probably think of "a government boondoggle."

:loltu



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Originally Posted by Childs in Texas (Post 277668)
MT5937,
Hope this might help in your search. https://www.ksl.com/i...=&search=casita


Thank you. I tried to look, but unfortunately, the URL is truncated. :hmm

DavidSo 11-22-2011 01:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mt5937 (Post 277837)
The word is "boondocking?"

Times and vocabulary change over time. We always called it "boondoggling" which actually has a dictionary definition. The definition fairly fits what we do while practicing the craft: "work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy." Of course, most people probably think of "a government boondoggle."

:loltu

One is as good as the other. It just struck me as funny so I laughed along :)

David

Jool 11-22-2011 02:46 PM

I'm just thinking outloud here (or, via the keyboard anyway) but I wonder if there are any price cuts at upcoming RV shows? Lots of the RV shows are in the first part of the year before the RV season really starts. I know from past shows I've been to dealers sometimes actually do have great discounts if you 'buy now'. RV Shows in US and Candada 2012

Or, I wonder if there is a private individual who would lease an RV for a time, which would give you more time to keep shopping to own. I'm not sure where one would find this though.

I'm all for starting the dream NOW!


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